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Gems proposal needs tweaking

Dear Editor:

I am a student at Basalt High School and we are working on project citizen. Basically we pick an issue in our community, come up with a policy, and solve the issue. Our group’s issue is the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal.

I think that the Wilderness does need protecting, but there are better ways to do it.

I personally do not believe that any land should be turned into Wilderness, but the current proposals won’t let both sides be happy and we need to have a realistic compromise.

The way that is proposed does not let any motorists use the land. You can’t even ride a mountain bike on the trails. They have two main reasons for wanting to protect the land: lynx protection and to prevent natural gas drilling. We propose to create some of this land into pure Wilderness and then manage the rest to the point that no natural gas drilling can go on.

Marshall Murphy

Student, Basalt High School


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